If you are a commercial driver in the state of California, you would hope that you would be judged on your ability to drive safely and professionally, rather than on anything else. Unfortunately, many drivers in the state of California have experienced being fired for no good reason, leading them to believe that they may have been fired because of discrimination.
If you believe that you were fired because of your race, nationality, gender or religion, it is important to take action. Before doing so, you should take the time to understand how the law works in the state of California.
How am I protected from discrimination under the law?
Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, employees are protected from being discriminated against. This means that drivers cannot be mistreated or fired because of many attributes, including their age, race, nationality, disability or gender.
Am I eligible to be protected under this law?
Federal law protects only employees working for larger companies. However, the California anti-discrimination statute extends protections for employees working for companies with between five and 14 employees.
How can I take action if I have been discriminated against as a commercial driver?
If you believe that you are a victim of discrimination, you can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In order to file a claim, you must be able to provide information that supports your claim.
If you believe that you have been wrongfully fired as a driver in California, it is important that you do not delay in taking action.